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18 May 2013 - Tonya Williams

Blackheath 158 all out (53.1 overs)

Sevenoaks Vine 141 all out (52 overs)

On Saturday the Vine hosted Blackheath looking to kick-start their season, following a disappointing defeat to Bexley the previous week. On what was a lively Vine pitch, captain Olly Howick lost the toss and was asked to bowl, a decision the team were very content with.

Tom Parsons (4-45) continued his impressive start to the season by removing the first 3 Blackheath batsmen in quick time, including the dangerous West Indian international cricketer Kirk Edwards for 0 on his Kent Premier League debut. At 20-4 Blackheath were in real trouble, however the Vine just weren’t able to capitalize on a good start. This was due to a combination of good batting from Blackheath’s Warren Lee (81) and indiscipline in the field dropping several chances and miss fields, meaning the Vine were left to chase 159 for victory. The Vine would have settled for the score at the beginning of the match but may look back on this as a missed chance to dismiss the visitors out for a lower total.

In reply, the Vine never really got going losing wickets regularly. This has seemingly been a recurring theme throughout pre-season and the first two games of the League season. Michael Barber, who was Sanlam Private Investments Man of the Match, was the only shining light with a well grafted 55 not out but he was left high and dry with the pick of the bowlers for Blackheath Warren Lee with 3-66. Sevenoaks were bowled out for 141 in the 52nd over to leave the Vine 18 runs short of victory.

Sevenoaks have a second consecutive home game to look forward to this Saturday, welcoming the Beckenham Bees to the Vine with the 1st XI searching for their first victory of the season and the squad are still confident of putting on a potential title charge despite the two disappointing results thus far.

2013.05.19 Mike Barber
Sanlam Private Investments Man of the Match – Mike Barber